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Dr Gita Mathai
Health  /  Published 01.12.21

Raw deal for the unborn

I am four months pregnant. Can I eat sushi? Raw, undercooked fish can be contaminated with bacteria and parasites. Tuna can contain mercury. Both can cause abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. It ...
By Dr Gita Mathai

Health  /  Published 24.11.21

When sugar turns sour

November 14 was World Diabetes Day. On that day, we tried to remember the 63 million adults diagnosed with diabetes and the 230 million who do not know they have the disease. Almost 73 million diabeti...
By Dr Gita Mathai

Health  /  Published 17.11.21

The periodic table

Women have a limited reproductive span. It starts with the onset of the first period or menstruation at menarche and ends with menopause. Menstruation is under complex hormonal control — with m...
By Dr Gita Mathai

Health  /  Published 06.10.21

New food for the baby

Infants start life on a diet of milk. This is usually breast milk. It is sterile and can be produced on demand, and its composition is ideally suited to the baby’s needs calorie-wise, ease of di...
By Dr Gita Mathai

Health  /  Published 29.09.21

Blood filter dysfunction

We humans are created with a “backup” plan. Most of our essential organs are paired. We have two eyes, ears, lungs, ovaries, testes and kidneys. If one fails, the other compensates. This i...
By Dr Gita Mathai

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Health  /  Published 09.06.21

Vitamin D: Culprit for slouch

My mother slouches when she sits and stands. A slouch is bad for respiration — it does not give the lungs enough space to expand. It looks bad too. The slouch may be due to a lack of Vitamin D ...
By Dr Gita Mathai

Health  /  Published 05.05.21

Zinc: your immunity booster

There has been a sudden interest in zinc, a heavy metal found in trace amounts in the human body. This is because it apparently has a partially protective role in preventing and reducing the severity ...
By Dr Gita Mathai

Health  /  Published 06.01.21

How to grow older with grace

Nobody wants to die young; most people make attempts to live longer. Without much individual effort, life expectancy all over the world has increased. People are now living into their 90s. This is bec...
By Dr Gita Mathai

Health  /  Published 02.10.18

Milk causes flatulence, and other health facts

All that gasI am 42 years old, and have abdominal discomfort and gas every day. Gas comes out noisily, at both ends, and I pass motion at least four times a day. Various tests, including endoscopy, we...
By Dr Gita Mathai

Health  /  Published 09.10.18

Beware of steroids

People sometimes demand a “quick fix” not just for illness, but also bodybuilding and sports prowess. A “magic bullet” is readily available — a group of drugs called steroids. Whenever event...
By Dr Gita Mathai


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